Multiple-barreled tools can be disconcerting, especially when most people think of the way in which a standard, single-barrel iron
is used. Most two- and three-barrel irons aren’t meant to create spiraled coils or overlapping curls. These are instead designed to
be used to add bend and wave to the hair. They can be used in varying ways depending on the look desired, and the special features of each.
What to Look for:
There are a number of features you should look for in a curling iron if you go shopping
for a new one. These are things that will make sure your choice is safe for your hair and for use in general:
Non-stick surface: the iron should feature a non-stick coating of some
type – either a Teflon coating, or the newer mineral finishes (tourmaline and garnet are available) – this helps to prevent the hair
from sticking to the surface of the iron and potentially becoming scorched.
Adjustable Temperature Settings: the iron should have an adjustable
temperature feature, whether it’s a “low-medium-high” switch or an adjustable dial with a numeric range, since different hair types
need more or less heat to be effectively curled.
Instant Heat or Ready Light: the iron may be one that heats instantly,
making it quick to use. However, having one that heats more slowly but has an indicator light to signal that it’s ready is a good compromise.
Swivel Cord: the last thing you want is to constantly have to untangle
the cord on your curling iron, especially if you have a lot of hair to curl. Choose an iron that has a swiveling cord, making it
less likely to become tangled and get in the way.
Auto-Off Function: This is a safety function that is very important.
Since most of us are always in a rush in the mornings (or whenever we’re getting ready) it’s good to have a curling iron that will
shut itself off automatically if left unattended. This can save you on melted combs and brushes, or in a worst case, keep from burning your house down.
There are, of course, many other features that can be found on a curling iron, and these
often have positive benefits, but the real determiner will be your budget. You will find curling irons that vary widely in prices,
so it will be up to you to do your homework. Investigate cost versus features, read product reviews (preferably from customers who
have bought and used the same product you are considering, and not those offered by magazines and the manufacturer’s websites) and
choose the one you feel will work best for you.